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MyHeritage Library Edition

MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind in the world. It includes billions of historical documents from over 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources. World Vital Records includes records from the U.S., U.K., Europe and the rest of the world. Along with standard key collections such as the complete U.S. census records, U.K. census records, and an enhanced Social Security Death Index, you will also find rare and exclusive collections. Some of the most popular resources are birth, marriage, and death records and immigration records from Germany and other European countries. Also included are historical photos and more than 1.5 billion family tree profiles created on the world-wide family history network provided by MyHeritage.

MyHeritage is available via remote access using your Smyrna Library Card number. Or you may use the database in the Library on a public computer.

FAMILY HISTORY
Discover your family history with Smyrna Library’s Genealogy Research Collection, held upstairs in the Isanhour Room.
Smyrna Public Library has a large collection of nearly 5,000 books on Genealogy detailing records from Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama. This collection also has a large amount of military and immigrant records, as well as City Directories from the last forty years.

STATES
GEORGIA - 1,000+ volumes
VIRGINIA - 1,000+ volumes, including all county record books by the Sparacio family.
NORTH CAROLINA - 275+ volumes
SOUTH CAROLINA - 290+ volumes
ALABAMA - 360+ volumes
TENNESSEE - 140+ volumes
Additionally, you will find volumes on Massachusetts, Mississippi, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania. The collection contains more than 5,000 county records and the widely used microfilm, Necrology, by Franklin Garrett.

NEWSPAPER ABSTRACTS
The collection has several hundred volumes of newspaper abstracts, which contain articles and records of births, death, divorces and more. Many are Georgia newspapers, but you will also find books covering Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

IMMIGRATION PASSENGER LISTS:
Germans to America: Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports - 67 volumes
Germans to America: Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports in 1840s - 7 volumes
Italians to America: Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports - 28 volumes
Migration from the Russian Empire Arriving at Port of New York - 42 volumes
Complete Book of Emigrants - 4 vol.
The Famine Immigrants: Lists of Irish Immigrants arriving at Port of New York - 7 volumes
… and numerous individual volumes on Germans, Italians, Scotch, Irish, British and French Huguenots. There are Quaker Records as well.

INDIAN AFFAIRS
The Eastern Cherokee Census, 1915-1922 - 4 volumes
‘Will’ Records from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1911-1921 - 7 volumes
Applications for Enrollment of Creek Newborn, The Act of 1905 - 7 volumes
Cherokee Descendants - 3 volumes
Chickasaw by Blood Enrollment Cards, 1898-1914 - 5 volumes
Eastern Cherokee by Blood - 12 vol.

For more titles, search our Catalog under “Indian Genealogy."

MILITARY
In this section, you will find records from

  • The Indian Wars
  • The Revolutionary War including records from Virginia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan;
  • The War of 1812 including records from Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Texas;
  • The Civil War including many books donated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy-Georgia Division, as well as records from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama.

Smyrna Library is very pleased to have ALL the publications from the prestigious Taylor Foundation, given in memory of Elizabeth Taylor Kyle. Smyrna Library also has all books written by well-known South Carolina genealogist, Brent Holcomb. The collection also includes a selection of genealogy quarterlies and newsletters.

MICROFORMS

MICROFICHE
Georgia Marriage Records - 1964-1999
Georgia Death Index - 1919-1999
South Carolina Death Records - 1915-1944
Florida Combined Death Index - 1877-2000
MICROFILM
Georgia Census Records - 1810-1930
Alabama Death Records - 1908-1959
Garrett Necrology
Smyrna Herald - NOV 1955- APR 1966
Smyrna Neighbor - APR 1989 - SEP 1995


ANCESTRY.COM
Smyrna Public Library is pleased to offer access to the library edition of Ancestry.com®, the largest online genealogical database in the world. Access is provided through GALILEO, Georgia’s Virtual Library. Access Ancestry.com® by signing in on Smyrna Library computers on the Second Floor. Ancestry.com is not accessible from home.


COMPUTERS AND WIFI
Public computers are free for Smyrna Library cardholders. Guest may purchase a one hour pass for $1 at the Circulation Desk for general computer use. Computers have Word, Excel, Powerpoint and the Internet. The Library also offers free WiFi to everyone. You may also utilize the WiFi printing services to print B&W ($.15/page) and color ($.50/page) documents.

If you need to use a Smyrna Library computer to access one of our databases, but you do not have a Smyrna Library card, ask for help from an Adult Services Librarian. You are not required to buy a guest pass.